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Nostra Signora degli Angeli / Our Lady of the Angels, Arcola, Italy (1556) and Memorials of the Saints – 21 May

Nostra Signora degli Angeli / Our Lady of the Angels, Arcola, Italy (1556) – 21 May:

Going up the streets of the Village of Arcola, in the direction of Baccano, you reach the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Angels, built in the place where the miraculous apparition of the Virgin took place, on 21 May 1556, in that year, it was the second day of Pentecost.

After Mass, whilst praying the Rosary on their farm, in Carbonara, the five Fiamberti sisters – Barbara, Camilla, Elisabetta, Catarinetta and Angela, in the company of their parents and brothers – saw a majestic Lady appear above a rosemary bush, shining brighter than the sun, dressed in white and flanked by two Angels.

The celestial image, raising her hand and with a sweet voice told them “go, beloved ones, tell the people to pray and do penance and tell the good villagers to build a temple in this place in my honour.”
In the year 1558, the now underground Chapel was built in the sacred place; a large Church was completed above it at the end of the century, while the current Church is the work of the second half of the eighteenth century.

The Sanctuary immediately became a pilgrimage destination and the subject of bequests and donations. On the walls at the sides of the main altar there are two large frescoes by the Arculian painter Luigi Agretti, representing the Apparition of the Madonna degli Angeli and the Solemn Coronation which took place on 16 May 1910.

Under the altar floor there is the Chapel, a place of the Apparition of the Virgin of the Angels. The interior is somewhat rich in polychrome marbles that decorate the floor and walls, while stuccos and paintings adorn the ceiling. Above the Altar of precious marble, in a niche, there is the simulacrum of the Virgin of the Angels, work created in 1624 by the sculptor Battista Orsolini of Carrara. The minor aisles have two chapels dedicated one to the Madonna del Rosario, the other to the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Holy Cross. In the Chapel of the Rosary, there is a painting by the La Spezia painter Andrea Podenzana, year 1688.

Chapel of the apparition under the main altar of the sanctuary

St Eugene de Mazenod OMI (1782-1861) Bishop, Founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Evangeliser, Missionary Preacher
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/saint-of-the-day-21-may-st-eugene-de-mazenod-o-m-i-1782-1861/

Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution (Optional Memorial): The 1917 Mexican constitution was pointedly anti-clerical and anti-Church, and its adoption instituted years of violent religious persecution including expulsion of foreign priests, closing of parochial schools and the murders of several priests and lay leaders who work to minister to the faithful and support religious freedom. 25 of them who died at different times and places but all as a result of this persecution were celebrated together. They each have separate memorials but are also remembered as a group.

• Saint Agustin Caloca Cortes
• Saint Atilano Cruz Alvarado
• Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara
• Saint David Galván-Bermúdez
• Saint David Roldán-Lara
• Saint David Uribe-Velasco
• Saint Jenaro Sánchez DelGadillo
• Saint Jesús Méndez-Montoya
• Saint Jose Isabel Flores Varela

• Saint “Joselito” José Luis Sánchez del Río (1913-1928) Aged 14 known as “Joselito,” Boy Martyr was a Mexican Cristero War Martyr.
Memorial 10 February
Dear Joselito!

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-st-jose-sanchez-del-rio-joselito-1913-1928-boy-martyr/comment-page-1/

• Saint José María Robles Hurtado
• Saint Julio álvarez Mendoza
• Saint Justino Orona Madrigal
• Saint Luis Batiz Sainz
• Saint Manuel Moralez
• Saint Margarito Flores-García
• Saint Mateo Correa-Magallanes
• Saint Miguel de la Mora
• Saint Pedro de Jesús Maldonado-Lucero

• Saint Pedro Esqueda Ramírez (1887-1927) Priest, Martyr of the Cristero War, Apostle of Eucharistic Adoration, of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of Charity, devoted to the youth and especially their Catechesis.
About St Pedro:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/11/22/saint-of-the-day-22-november-saint-pedro-esqueda-ramirez-1887-1927-priest-and-martyr-of-the-cristero-war/

• Saint Rodrigo Aguilar Alemán

• Saint Roman Adame Rosales (1859-1927) Priest and Martyr of the Cristero War, St Roman had a great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin, Founder of the association of the “Daughters of Mary and Nocturnal Adoration,”
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/04/21/saint-of-the-day-21-april-saint-roman-adame-rosales-1859-1927-priest-and-martyr

• Saint Sabas Reyes Salazar (1883-1927) Priest and Martyr of the Cristero War, Teacher, Catechist, Protector of children and the youth of Mexico, he had a special devotion to the Holy Trinity and the Souls in Purgatory.
His Life and Martyrdom:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-st-jose-sabas-reyes-salazar-1883-1927-priest-and-martyr/

• Saint Salvador Lara Puente
• Saint Toribio Romo González
• Saint Tranquilino Ubiarco Robles

Canonised: 21 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II

St Adalric of Bèze
Bl Adilio Daronch
St Ageranus of Bèze
St Ansuinus of Bèze
St Antiochus of Caesarea Philippi

St Arcangelo Tadini (1846–1912) Priest, Founder of the Worker Sisters of the Holy House of Nazareth, of which Order, he is the Patron, Social Reformer, Apostle of the Holy Eucharist
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/05/21/saint-of-the-day-21-may-saint-arcangelo-tadini-1846-1912/

St Bairfhion of Killbarron
St Berard of Bèze
St Collen of Denbighshire

St Constantine the Great
St Donatus of Caesarea
St Eutychius of Mauretania

Blessed Franz Jägerstätter OFS (1907-1943) Married Layman Martyr, Father of 3 daughters, Conscientious Objector, Farmer, Third Order Franciscan
His Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/05/21/saint-of-the-day-21-may-blessed-franz-jagerstatter-ofs-1907-1943-layman-martyr-franz-jagerstatter-who-would-not-bow-his-head-to-hitler/

The first video is from the author of a Biography of Blessed Franz. His life of “Conscientious Objection” is very appropriate for the times we find ourselves in right now!
The second video contains an interview and details of the Film made about Blessed Franz “A Hidden Life.”

St Genesius of Bèze
St Godric of Finchale
Bl Hemming of Åbo
St Hospitius of Cap-Saint-Hospice
Bl Hyacinth-Marie Cormier
St Isberga of Aire
Bl Jean Mopinot
Bl Lucio del Rio
St Mancio of Évora
Bl Manuel Gómez González
St Nicostratus of Caesarea Philippi
Blessed Pietro Parenzo (Died 1199) Layman Martyr
St Polieuctus of Caesarea
St Polius of Mauretania
St Restituta of Corsica
St Rodron of Bèze
St Secundinus of Cordova
St Secundus of Alexandria
St Serapion the Sindonite
St Sifrard of Bèze
Bl Silao
St Synesius
St Theobald of Vienne
St Theopompus
St Timothy of Mauretania
St Valens of Auxerre
St Vales
St Victorius of Caesarea

Martyrs of Egypt: Large number of bishops, priests, deacons and lay people banished when the Arian heretics seized the diocese of Alexandria, Egypt in 357 and drove out Saint Athanasius and other orthodox Christians. Many were old, many infirm and many, many died of abuse and privations while on the road and in the wilderness. Very few survived to return to their homes in 361 when Julian the Apostate recalled all Christians and then many of those later died in the persecutions of Julian.

Martyrs of Pentecost in Alexandria: An unspecified number of Christian clerics and lay people who, on Pentecost in 338, were rounded up by order of the Arian bishop and emperor Constantius and were either killed, or exiled, for refusing to accept Arian teachings. 339 in Alexandria, Egypt.

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Quote/s of the Day – 1 November – All the Saints!

Quote/s of the Day – 1 November – The Solemnity of All Saints

“Let listening to worldly news
be BITTER FOOD for you
and let the words of
Saintly men
be as combs
filled with honey.”

St Basil the Great (329-379)
Father and Doctor of the Church

“The Saints must be honoured as friends of Christ
and children and heirs of God.
Let us carefully observe the manner of life
of all the apostles, martyrs, ascetics
and just men who announced the coming of the Lord.
And let us emulate their faith, charity, hope, zeal, life,
patience under suffering
and perseverance unto death,
so that we may also share,
their crowns of glory.”

St John Damascene (675-749)
Father and Doctor of the Church

“Those in the Catholic Church,
whom some rebuke for praying to Saints
and going on pilgrimages,
do not seek any Saint as their saviour.
Instead, they seek Saints,
as those whom their Saviour loves
and whose intercession and prayer,
for the seeker, He will be content to hear.
For His Own sake,
He would have those He loves honoured.
And when they are thus honoured for His sake,
then, the honour that is given them, for His sake,
overflows especially to Himself.”

St Thomas More 1478-1535) Martyr

“Be often reading the lives of the saints
for inspiration and instruction.”

St Philip Neri (1515-1595)

“God, because of the great love He bears us
and His great desire to see us saved,
has given us, among other means of salvation,
the practice of devotion to the Saints.
It is His will that they,
who are His friends,
should intercede for us
and, by their merits and prayers,
obtain graces for us,
which we ourselves do not deserve.”

St Alphonsus Maria Liguori (1696-1787)
Most Zealous Doctor

“Every so often,
unite oneself interiorly
with the Saintly souls who serve God
and praise Him… with the holy angels
and all the heavenly court …”

St Eugène de Mazenod OMI (1782-1861)

More here:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/11/01/quote-s-of-the-day-1-november-on-the-saints/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/01/quote-s-of-the-day-1-november-the-solemnity-of-all-the-saints/

Posted in MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY, YouTube VIDEOS

Memorials of the Saints – 21 May

St Eugene de Mazenod OMI (1782-1861)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/saint-of-the-day-21-may-st-eugene-de-mazenod-o-m-i-1782-1861/

Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution (Optional Memorial):   The 1917 Mexican constitution was pointedly anti-clerical and anti-Church, and its adoption instituted years of violent religious persecution including expulsion of foreign priests, closing of parochial schools and the murders of several priests and lay leaders who work to minister to the faithful and support religious freedom.   25 of them who died at different times and places but all as a result of this persecution were celebrated together.   They each have separate memorials but are also remembered as a group.

• Saint Agustin Caloca Cortes
• Saint Atilano Cruz Alvarado
• Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara
• Saint David Galván-Bermúdez
• Saint David Roldán-Lara
• Saint David Uribe-Velasco
• Saint Jenaro Sánchez DelGadillo
• Saint Jesús Méndez-Montoya
• Saint Jose Isabel Flores Varela

• Saint “Joselito” José Luis Sánchez del Río (1913-1928) Aged 14
Memorial 10 February
Dear Joselito!
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-st-jose-sanchez-del-rio-joselito-1913-1928-boy-martyr/comment-page-1/

• Saint José María Robles Hurtado
• Saint Julio álvarez Mendoza
• Saint Justino Orona Madrigal
• Saint Luis Batiz Sainz
• Saint Manuel Moralez
• Saint Margarito Flores-García
• Saint Mateo Correa-Magallanes
• Saint Miguel de la Mora
• Saint Pedro de Jesús Maldonado-Lucero

• Saint Pedro Esqueda Ramírez
About St Pedro:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/11/22/saint-of-the-day-22-november-saint-pedro-esqueda-ramirez-1887-1927-priest-and-martyr-of-the-cristero-war/

• Saint Rodrigo Aguilar Alemán

• Saint Roman Adame Rosales
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/04/21/saint-of-the-day-21-april-saint-roman-adame-rosales-1859-1927-priest-and-martyr

• Saint Sabas Reyes Salazar
His Life and Martyrdom:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-st-jose-sabas-reyes-salazar-1883-1927-priest-and-martyr/

• Saint Salvador Lara Puente
• Saint Toribio Romo González
• Saint Tranquilino Ubiarco Robles

Canonised:  21 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II

St Adalric of Bèze
Bl Adilio Daronch
St Ageranus of Bèze
St Ansuinus of Bèze
St Antiochus of Caesarea Philippi
St Arcangelo Tadini (1846–1912)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/05/21/saint-of-the-day-21-may-saint-arcangelo-tadini-1846-1912/

St Bairfhion of Killbarron
St Berard of Bèze
St Collen of Denbighshire

St Constantine the Great
St Donatus of Caesarea
St Eutychius of Mauretania

Blessed Franz Jägerstätter OFS (1907-1943) Layman Martyr

The first video is from the author of a biography of Blessed Franz.   His life of “Conscientious Objection” is very appropriate for the times we find ourselves in right now!
The second video contains an interview and details of the Film made about Blessed Franz “A Hidden Life.”

St Genesius of Bèze
St Godric of Finchale
Bl Hemming of Åbo
St Hospitius of Cap-Saint-Hospice
Bl Hyacinth-Marie Cormier
St Isberga of Aire
Bl Jean Mopinot
Bl Lucio del Rio
St Mancio of Évora
Bl Manuel Gómez González
St Nicostratus of Caesarea Philippi
Bl Pietro Parenzo
St Polieuctus of Caesarea
St Polius of Mauretania
St Restituta of Corsica
St Rodron of Bèze
St Secundinus of Cordova
St Secundus of Alexandria
St Serapion the Sindonite
St Sifrard of Bèze
Bl Silao
St Synesius
St Theobald of Vienne
St Theopompus
St Timothy of Mauretania
St Valens of Auxerre
St Vales
St Victorius of Caesarea

Martyrs of Egypt:  Large number of bishops, priests, deacons and lay people banished when the Arian heretics seized the diocese of Alexandria, Egypt in 357 and drove out Saint Athanasius and other orthodox Christians.   Many were old, many infirm and many, many died of abuse and privations while on the road and in the wilderness.   Very few survived to return to their homes in 361 when Julian the Apostate recalled all Christians and then many of those later died in the persecutions of Julian.

Martyrs of Pentecost in Alexandria:  An unspecified number of Christian clerics and lay people who, on Pentecost in 338, were rounded up by order of the Arian bishop and emperor Constantius and were either killed, or exiled, for refusing to accept Arian teachings. 339 in Alexandria, Egypt.

Posted in SAINT of the DAY, St Pope JOHN PAUL

Thought for the Day – 21 May – Lord grant us such zeal!   

Thought for the Day – 21 May – Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter, C and The Memorial of St Eugene de Mazenod OMI (1782-1861)

Born into a noble family in Aix (Provence), Saint Eugene spent part of his childhood in Italy because of the French Revolution. Ordained a priest at Amiens in 1811, he soon organised missionaries to go to rural parts of Provence, instructing the people whose religious training had been disrupted for many years by the French Revolution and its aftermath.

Eugene began the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1816, obtaining papal approval for them 10 years later.   From rural preaching, they soon moved into running seminaries to improve the quality of the clergy.   Their first foreign mission was in Canada in 1841; soon they were in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America.

In 1851, Eugene followed his uncle as archbishop of Marseilles where he died 10 years later.   He had focused his energies on Church renewal and reform while vigorously defending the Church’s right to spread the Good News.

His congregation has grown to become one of the largest in the Church, serving in over 68 countries, especially in Africa and Canada.   Many of its members have become missionary bishops.

At Eugene’s Canonisation in 1998, St Pope John Paul II praised his vision, perseverance, and conformity to God’s will, saying:  “His influence is not limited to the age in which he lived but continues its effect on our time…

Saint Eugene de Mazenod allowed the grace of God to bear rich fruit in his life.   That required a certain amount of flexibility, as well as courage, to face the problems every growing group encounters.   We look to saints like Eugene not to borrow their courage and zeal but, with God’s grace, to discover our own, always seeking first God’s kingdom (see Matthew 6:33).

Note:  We have these Oblates in our Diocese in the Western Cape, South Africa, whilst they look the same as any other priest, they are not – they follow the pattern of St Eugene and are vessels, by the grace of God, of His marvellous and effective love and zeal!

Lord grant us such zeal!   

St Eugene de Mazenod, Pray for Us!st eugene de mazenod pray for us 21 may 2019

Posted in EUCHARISTIC Adoration, MARIAN QUOTES, PRACTISING CATHOLIC, QUOTES of the SAINTS, QUOTES on CHARITY, QUOTES on FAITH, QUOTES on LOVE, QUOTES on the CHURCH, SAINT of the DAY, The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, The HOLY EUCHARIST

Quote/s of the Day – 21 May – St Eugene de Mazenod

Quote/s of the Day – 21 May – Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter, C and The Memorial of St Eugene de Mazenod OMI (1782-1861)

“I wish I could pass my life
at the foot of the Holy Tabernacles
in which our adorable Saviour dwells.”i wish I couldpass my life at the foot of the holy tabernacles - st eugene de mazenod 21 may 2019.jpg

“To love the Church
is to love Jesus Christ
and vice versa.”to-love-the-church-is-to-love-jesus-christ-st-eugene-de-mazenod-21-may-2018

“What more glorious occupation than to act
in everything and for everything only for God,
to love Him above all else,
to love Him all the more,
as one who has loved Him too late.”what-more-glorious-occupation-st-eugene-de-mazenod-21 may 2017

“Practice well among yourselves:
charity, charity, charity
and outside,
zeal for the salvation of souls”practice-well-among-yourselves-charity-st-eugene-de-mazenod-21-may-2018

“We glorify God in the masterpiece
of His power and love…
it is the Son whom we honour
in the person of His Mother.”

St Eugene de Mazenod (1782-1861)we-glorify-god-in-the-masterpiece-st-eugene-de-mazenod-21-may-2018

Posted in SAINT of the DAY, YouTube VIDEOS

Memorials of the Saints – 21 May

St Eugene de Mazenod OMI (1782-1861)
Biography:   https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/saint-of-the-day-21-may-st-eugene-de-mazenod-o-m-i-1782-1861/

Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution (Optional Memorial):   The 1917 Mexican constitution was pointedly anti-clerical and anti-Church, and its adoption instituted years of violent religious persecution including expulsion of foreign priests, closing of parochial schools, and the murders of several priests and lay leaders who work to minister to the faithful and support religious freedom. 25 of them who died at different times and places but all as a result of this persecution were celebrated together.   They each have separate memorials but are also remembered as a group.

• Saint Agustin Caloca Cortes
• Saint Atilano Cruz Alvarado
• Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara
• Saint David Galván-Bermúdez
• Saint David Roldán-Lara
• Saint David Uribe-Velasco
• Saint Jenaro Sánchez DelGadillo
• Saint Jesús Méndez-Montoya
• Saint Jose Isabel Flores Varela
• Saint “Joselito” José Luis Sánchez del Río (1913-1928) Aged 14
Memorial 10 February
Biography:   https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-st-jose-sanchez-del-rio-joselito-1913-1928-boy-martyr/comment-page-1/
• Saint José María Robles Hurtado
• Saint Julio álvarez Mendoza
• Saint Justino Orona Madrigal
• Saint Luis Batiz Sainz
• Saint Manuel Moralez
• Saint Margarito Flores-García
• Saint Mateo Correa-Magallanes
• Saint Miguel de la Mora
• Saint Pedro de Jesús Maldonado-Lucero
• Saint Pedro Esqueda Ramírez
• Saint Rodrigo Aguilar Alemán
• Saint Roman Adame Rosales
• Saint Sabas Reyes Salazar
• Saint Salvador Lara Puente
• Saint Toribio Romo González
• Saint Tranquilino Ubiarco Robles

Canonised: 21 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II

St Adalric of Bèze
Bl Adilio Daronch
St Ageranus of Bèze
St Ansuinus of Bèze
St Antiochus of Caesarea Philippi
St Arcangelo Tadini (1846–1912)

St Bairfhion of Killbarron
St Berard of Bèze
St Collen of Denbighshire

St Constantine the Great
St Donatus of Caesarea
St Eutychius of Mauretania
Bl Franz Jägerstätter
St Genesius of Bèze
St Godric of Finchale
Bl Hemming of Åbo
St Hospitius of Cap-Saint-Hospice
Bl Hyacinth-Marie Cormier
St Isberga of Aire
Bl Jean Mopinot
Bl Lucio del Rio
St Mancio of Évora
Bl Manuel Gómez González
St Nicostratus of Caesarea Philippi
Bl Pietro Parenzo
St Polieuctus of Caesarea
St Polius of Mauretania
St Restituta of Corsica
St Rodron of Bèze
St Secundinus of Cordova
St Secundus of Alexandria
St Serapion the Sindonite
St Sifrard of Bèze
Bl Silao
St Synesius
St Theobald of Vienne
St Theopompus
St Timothy of Mauretania
St Valens of Auxerre
St Vales
St Victorius of Caesarea

Martyrs of Egypt: Large number of bishops, priests, deacons and lay people banished when the Arian heretics seized the diocese of Alexandria, Egypt in 357 and drove out Saint Athanasius and other orthodox Christians. Many were old, many infirm and many, many died of abuse and privations while on the road and in the wilderness. Very few survived to return to their homes in 361 when Julian the Apostate recalled all Christians and then many of those later died in the persecutions of Julian.

Martyrs of Pentecost in Alexandria: An unspecified number of Christian clerics and lay people who, on Pentecost in 338, were rounded up by order of the Arian bishop and emperor Constantius and were either killed, or exiled, for refusing to accept Arian teachings. 339 in Alexandria, Egypt.

Posted in SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 29 May – Blessed Joseph Gerard O.M.I. (1831-1914) “The Apostle of Lesotho”

Saint of the Day – 29 May – Blessed Joseph Gerard O.M.I. (1831-1914) Priest, Religious, Missionary “The Apostle of Lesotho”,   (12 March 1831 – 29 May 1914) was a French Roman Catholic priest and a professed member from the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the order founded by St Eugene de Mazenod O.M.I. (1782-1861), Bishop of Marseille, founder of the Congregation of the Missionaries, Oblates of Mary Immaculate whose Memorial we celebrated on 21 May.Header - bl-joseph-grard-800-400

Joseph Gerard was born in 1831 in Bouxieres-aux-Chenes in the Diocese of Nancy, France.   He joined the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate at the age of 20 and at the age of 22 was sent by St Eugene de Mazenod as a missionary to Southern Africa, never to see his family or homeland again.   He was ordained a priest in 1854 in Pietermaritzburg and at first served the Oblate mission to the Zulu people, later joining Bishop Allard, the Bishop of Natal, in setting up the first Catholic mission in Lesotho.   With the permission of the great Chief Moshoeshoe they founded Motse-oa-Ma-Jesu (the Village of the Mother of Jesus) thirty two kilometres south of Moshoeshoe’s stronghold of Thaba Bosiu.   (The village which they founded later became Roma, site of the Catholic University College and now the University of Lesotho.)bl joseph gerard omi

Joseph Gerard was well respected by Chief Moshoeshoe, particulaly because he remained with the Basotho during the three wars between the Basotho and the Orange Free State. It is said that it was through Joseph Gerard’s efforts that Chief Moshoeshoe sought the protection of the British at the end of the wars, a decision which resulted in Lesotho becoming a British Protectorate and an Independent country today.

Joseph Gerard’s mission grew slowly and by the end of 1879, when he was already 48 years of age, there were only 700 Catholics in Lesotho.   He persevered, however in prayer, faith and work, remaining in Lesotho as a missionary for the rest of his life.bljoseph

The Oblate mission to the Basotho grew and flourished.   He died on 29 May 1914 at the age of 83, a man greatly revered by the people of Lesotho.   The fact that Lesotho is very largely a Catholic country today, can be traced back to those early beginnings at the Village of the Mother of Jesus.

Father Joseph Gerard was Beatified by Pope John-Paul II in Maseru, Lesotho, in 1988.

 

Throughout his years in Lesotho Fr Gerard’s concern and care for the sick and the old was remarkable.   Despite the distance, despite the weather, despite the inconvenience, he would set out, on foot or on horseback, carrying the Blessed Sacrament, to minister to those afflicted.   His deep devotion to Mary was absorbed by his first converts and since his day the nation has been dedicated to Mary Immaculate.

The last years of Fr Gerard´s life were spent back at his first mission, Roma.   Up to a month before his death he was on horseback, out on the mountain tracks caring for those in need.

In one of his retreat notes, Fr Gerard gave the key to his constancy when he wrote about the people he served:   “We must love them, love them in spite of everything, love them always”.   He lived out his belief in the joy of spreading God’s Word, despite the hardships and opposition he encountered.

Blessed Joseph Gerard, Pray for Africa, pray for us all!gerard-1

Posted in INCORRUPTIBLES, QUOTES of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 21 May – St Eugene de Mazenod O.M.I. (1782-1861)

Saint of the Day – 21 May – St Eugene de Mazenod O.M.I. (1782-1861) Priest, Bishop, Founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Evangeliser, Missionary Preacher, Apostle of the poor and marginalised – born Charles-Joseph-Eugène de Mazenod on 1 August 1782 at Aix-en-Provence, southern France and died on 21 May 1861 at Marseille, France of cancer.   When his body was exhumed in 1936 it was found to be incorrupt.   Patronages – refugees, missionaries, families.header 2 st eugeneheader - st eugene de_Mazenod

Eugene de Mazenod was born into an aristocratic family, on 1 August 1782 and baptised the following day in the Église de la Madeleine in Aix-en-Provence.   His father, Charles Antoine de Mazenod, was one of the Presidents of the Court of Finances and his mother was Marie Rose Joannis.   Eugene began his schooling at the College Bourbon but this was interrupted by the events of the French Revolution.   With the approach of the French revolutionary forces, the family was forced to flee to Italy.

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St Eugene aged 5

He became a boarder at the College of Nobles in Turin but a move to Venice meant the end to formal schooling.   With their money running out, Eugene’s father was forced to seek various employments, none of which were successful.   His mother and sister returned to France – eventually seeking a divorce so as to be able to regain their property that had been seized.   Eugene was fortunate to be welcomed by the Zinelli family in Venice.   This is how it happened:

One day when Eugene was playing at the window of his house, Fr Bartolo Zinelli (1766-1803) appeared on the other side of the street and asked him, “Are you not afraid of wasting your time?” “Alas, responded Eugene, it is really awful, but what can I do?   I am a foreigner here without any books available to me.”  “Well, then”, replied Don Bartolo, “I am right in my library at the moment and here I have many books in Latin, Italian and French.”   Having said this, he took up the stick that was used to bar the shutters and put a book on it and passed it over the narrow, approximately one and one half meter street.

After having read the book, Eugene, following the advice of his father, went to Don Bartolo’s house to thank him for this kind gesture.  “Well,” said Don Bartolo, “do you see this lovely library?   All of these books are available to you as well.”   Then, Don Bartolo showed Eugene his study where he and his brother Don Pietro used to study and told him, “You can take the place here of my younger brother who has died.”   Eugene could not contain his joy.   “Well, then, you can begin tomorrow already.”

Fr Bartolo Zinelli  took special care of Eugene and saw to his education in the well-provided family library where the young adolescent spent many hours each day and was a major influence in the human, academic and spiritual development of Eugene.

Once again the French army chased the émigrés from Venice, forcing Eugene and his father and two uncles to seek refuge in Naples for less than a year and, finally, to flee to Palermo in Sicily.   Here Eugene was invited to become part of the household of the Duke and Duchess of Cannizaro as a companion to their two sons.   Being part of the high society of Sicily became the opportunity for Eugene to rediscover his noble origins and to live a lavish style of life.   He took to himself the title of ‘Comte’ (“Count”) de Mazenod, did all the courtly things and dreamed of a bright future.st eugene - in profile - young

Spiritual journey of conversion
At the age of twenty, Eugene returned to France and lived with his mother in Aix en Provence.   Initially he enjoyed all the pleasures of Aix as a rich young nobleman, intent on the pursuit of pleasure and money – and a rich girl who would bring a good dowry. Gradually he became aware of how empty his life was and began to search for meaning in more regular church involvement, reading and personal study and charitable work among prisoners.   His journey came to a climax on Good Friday, 1807 when he was 25 years old.   Looking at the sight of the Cross, he had a religious experience.   The sight of the oblation of Jesus on the Cross, with his arms outstretched in love, led Eugene to respond in love:  “What more glorious occupation than to act in everything and for everything only for God, to love Him above all else, to love Him all the more as one who has loved Him too late.”st eugene - youngerst eugene youngSt-Eugene-de-Mazenod-postulation-lgst eugene - wonderful

Priest
In 1808, he expressed his desire for dedication to Jesus the Saviour by beginning his studies for the priesthood at the Saint-Sulpice Seminary in Paris and was ordained a priest at Amiens (Picardy), on 21 December 1811.    Since Napoleon had expelled the Sulpician priest from the seminary, Eugene stayed on as a formator for a semester.   As a member of the Seminary, notwithstanding personal risk, Eugene committed himself to serve and assist Pope Pius VII, who at this time was a prisoner of emperor Napoleon I at Fontainebleau.   In this way, he experienced at firsthand, the suffering of the post-Revolutionary Church.

On his return to Aix, Father de Mazenod asked not to be assigned to a parish but to dedicate himself fully to evangelising those who were not being touched by the structures of the local church:  the poor who spoke only the Provençal language, prisoners, youth, the inhabitants of poor villages who were ignorant of their faith.   His constant message was, to invite people to enter into the same experience of Jesus, that he had at his conversion.   Looking at everyone and every situation through the eyes of the Saviour, he showed the poor the human and spiritual dignity that was theirs and taught them how to live in relationship with the Saviour.   The goal of his priestly preaching and ministry was always to lead others to develop themselves fully as humans, then as Christians and finally to become saints.st eugene - med

Oblates of Mary Immaculate
On 25 January 1816, “impelled by a strong impulse from outside of himself” he invited other priests to join him in his life of total oblation to God and to the most abandoned of Provence.   Initially called “Missionaries of Provence,” they dedicated themselves to evangelization through preaching parish missions in the poor villages, youth and prison ministry.   In 181, a second community was established, at the Marian shrine of Notre Dame du Laus.   This became the occasion for the missionaries to become a religious congregation, united through vows and the evangelical counsels.   Changing their name to Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the group received papal approbation on 17 February 1826.

Foreign Missions
In 1841, Bishop Bourget of Montreal invited the Oblates to Canada.   At the same time there was an outreach to the British Isles.   This was the beginning of an inspiring history of missionary outreach to the most abandoned peoples in Canada, United States, Mexico, England and Ireland, Algeria, Southern Africa and Ceylon during the Founder’s lifetime. In 200 years this zeal spread and took root in the establishment of the Oblates in nearly 70 countries.

From 1837 to 1861, he was the Bishop of Marseille, in Provence (south-eastern France). During his episcopacy, he commissioned Notre-Dame de la Garde, an ornate Neo-Byzantine basilica on the south side of the old port of Marseille  . He inspired local priest Joseph-Marie Timon-David to found the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Marseille in 1852.

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Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseilles

Towards the end of his life, Eugene had become very free.   Faced with the prospect of the Cardinalate which had been promised and which slipped away from him because of political considerations, he had this to say:  “After all, it is all the same whether one is buried in a red cassock or a purple one;  the main thing is that the bishop gets to heaven”.

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Shortly before his death on May 21, 1861, in keeping with his temperament, the elderly and seriously ill bishop said to those around him:  “Should I happen to doze off, or if I appear to be getting worse, please wake me up!   I want to die knowing that I am dying”.
His last words to the Oblates were a testament that summed up his life:  “Practice well among yourselves charity, charity, charity and outside, zeal for the salvation of souls”.   Saint Eugene died on Pentecost Sunday, to the prayer of the Salve Regina.   It was his final salute on earth to the one he considered as the “Mother of the Mission”.

St Eugene was Beatified on 19 October 1975 by Blessed Pope Paul VI and Canonised on 3 December 1995 by Sr Pope John Paul II.

21 May 2017 – more info from Vatican Resources on St Eugene:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/05/21/saint-of-the-day-21-may-st-eugene-de-mazenod-o-m-i/

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On the 150th anniversary of the Death of St Eugene in the Basilica he built, Notre-Dame de la Garde. Marseilles

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The First of the Universal Celebration of the Official Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church/Maria, Mater Ecclesiae and Memorials of the Saints – 21 May 2018

Maria, Mater Ecclesiae/Mary Mother of the Church – the First Official Memorial of this new feast day to be held this year, 2018.   Vatican Decree here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/pope-francis-institutes-new-celebration-of-mary-mother-of-the-church/decree - mater ecclesiae - new memorial monday after pentecost - 4 march 2018

Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution (Optional Memorial):   The 1917 Mexican constitution was pointedly anti-clerical and anti-Church, and its adoption instituted years of violent religious persecution including expulsion of foreign priests, closing of parochial schools, and the murders of several priests and lay leaders who work to minister to the faithful and support religious freedom.   25 of them who died at different times and places but all as a result of this persecution were celebrated together.   They each have separate memorials but are also remembered as a group.

• Saint Agustin Caloca Cortes
• Saint Atilano Cruz Alvarado
• Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara
• Saint David Galván-Bermúdez
• Saint David Roldán-Lara
• Saint David Uribe-Velasco
• Saint Jenaro Sánchez DelGadillo
• Saint Jesús Méndez-Montoya
• Saint Jose Isabel Flores Varela
• Saint José María Robles Hurtado
• Saint Julio álvarez Mendoza
• Saint Justino Orona Madrigal
• Saint Luis Batiz Sainz
• Saint Manuel Moralez
• Saint Margarito Flores-García
• Saint Mateo Correa-Magallanes
• Saint Miguel de la Mora
• Saint Pedro de Jesús Maldonado-Lucero
• Saint Pedro Esqueda Ramírez
• Saint Rodrigo Aguilar Alemán
• Saint Roman Adame Rosales
• Saint Sabas Reyes Salazar
• Saint Salvador Lara Puente
• Saint Toribio Romo González
• Saint Tranquilino Ubiarco Robles

Canonised: 21 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II

St Adalric of Bèze
Bl Adilio Daronch
St Ageranus of Bèze
St Ansuinus of Bèze
St Antiochus of Caesarea Philippi
St Bairfhion of Killbarron
St Berard of Bèze
St Collen of Denbighshire

St Constantine the Great
St Donatus of Caesarea
St Eugene de Mazenod O.M.I. (1782-1861)

St Eutychius of Mauretania
Bl Franz Jägerstätter
St Genesius of Bèze
St Godric of Finchale
Bl Hemming of Åbo
St Hospitius of Cap-Saint-Hospice
Bl Hyacinth-Marie Cormier
St Isberga of Aire
Bl Jean Mopinot
Bl Lucio del Rio
St Mancio of Évora
Bl Manuel Gómez González
St Nicostratus of Caesarea Philippi
Bl Pietro Parenzo
St Polieuctus of Caesarea
St Polius of Mauretania
St Restituta of Corsica
St Rodron of Bèze
St Secundinus of Cordova
St Secundus of Alexandria
St Serapion the Sindonite
St Sifrard of Bèze
Bl Silao
St Synesius
St Theobald of Vienne
St Theopompus
St Timothy of Mauretania
St Valens of Auxerre
St Vales
St Victorius of Caesarea

Martyrs of Egypt:  Large number of bishops, priests, deacons and lay people banished when the Arian heretics seized the diocese of Alexandria, Egypt in 357 and drove out Saint Athanasius and other orthodox Christians.   Many were old, many infirm and many, many died of abuse and privations while on the road and in the wilderness.   Very few survived to return to their homes in 361 when Julian the Apostate recalled all Christians and then many of those later died in the persecutions of Julian.

Martyrs of Pentecost in Alexandria:  An unspecified number of Christian clerics and lay people who, on Pentecost in 338, were rounded up by order of the Arian bishop and emperor Constantius and were either killed, or exiled, for refusing to accept Arian teachings.   339 in Alexandria, Egypt.

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Thought for the Day – 21 May

Thought for the Day – 21 May

“I have a sensitive and excessive heart”
In the personal view that he presented to his spiritual director, on entering the major seminary in 1808, this characteristic was a very good reflection of his personality.   Eugene was a “man of heart”.   He loved passionately, as he himself admitted.   He loved his family. “I am an idolater of my family… I would allow myself to be beaten with an axe for certain of its individuals… I would give my life for them without hesitation” he once wrote.  This tendency of love for his family was equally manifested in behalf of the children of his religious family, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.   His most ardent desire was to see them love one another as brothers.   This intent was so profound within him that he inscribed it in his spiritual testament.   On his deathbed, May 21, 1861, to a few Oblates by his side awaiting a parting instruction from their venerated father, Bishop de Mazenod repeated three times, as if to be well understood: “Charity, charity, charity”.

This great capacity for love allowed St Eugene to open that loving heart to the grace of God which bore rich fruit in his life.   That required a certain amount of flexibility as well as courage to face the problems every growing group encounters.   We look to saints like Eugene not to borrow their love, courage and zeal but, with God’s grace, to discover our own, always seeking first God’s kingdom (see Matthew 6:33).   And a thought that fills us with hope, our passionate love, may just be the impetus and grace of God which forces us to rush headlong into His work and to convert that love into charity too!

St Eugene Pray for us!

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Quote/s of the Day – 21 May

Quote/s of the Day – 21 May

“I had looked for happiness outside of God
but outside of Him I had found only affliction
and disappointment.”

“What more glorious occupation than to act
in everything and for everything only for God,
to love Him above all else,
to love Him all the more,
as one who has loved Him too late.”

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“To love the Church
is to love Jesus Christ
and vice versa.”

“We glorify God in the masterpiece
of His power and love…
it is the Son whom we honour
in the person of His Mother.”

St Eugene de Mazenod – Saint of the Day

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One Minute Reflection – 21 May – May the Lord make you overflow with love

One Minute Reflection – 21 May – The Memorial of St Eugene de Mazenod (1782-1861)

May the Lord make you overflow with love for one another and for all………….1 Thes 3:12

REFLECTION – “I find my happiness in pastoral work.   It is for this that I am a bishop and not to write books, still less to pay court to the great, or to waste my time among the rich.   It is true…that this is not the way to become a cardinal but if one could become a saint, would it not be better still?”…St Eugene de Mazenod (1782-1861)1 thes 3 12 - may the lord make you overflow - i find my happiness in pastoral work - st eugene de mazenod 21 may 2019

 

PRAYER – Loving Father, grant me the grace to strive after perfect love. Help me to bring forth frequents acts of love so that I may grow in this greatest of virtues. St Eugene you overflowed with love, they said your heart was as big as the world, please pray for us all, amen.st eugene de mazenod pray for us 21 may 2019

 

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Saint of the Day – 21 May – St Eugene de Mazenod O.M.I.

Saint of the Day – 21 May – St Eugene de Mazenod O.M.I. (1 August 1782 at Aix-en-Provence, southern France as Charles Joseph Eugene de Mazenod – • 21 May 1861 at Marseille, France of cancer)  • on 12 December 1936, his body was exhumed and found to be intact;  • part of his heart is venerated at Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the Oblate-owned Lourdes Grotto of the Southwest in San Antonio, Texas, USA.  Bishop, Founder of the Congregation of Missionaries Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Missionary, Writer, Preacher, Evangeliser.  Known as a “second Paul”.

CHARLES JOSEPH EUGENE DE MAZENOD came into a world that was destined to change very quickly.   Born in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France on August 1, 1782, he seemed assured of position and wealth from his family, who were of the minor nobility. However, the turmoil of the French Revolution changed all that forever.   When Eugene was just eight years old his family fled France, leaving their possessions behind, and started a long and increasingly difficult eleven year exile.

The Years in Italy

The Mazenod family, political refugees, trailed through a succession of cities in Italy.    His father, who had been President of the Court of Accounts, Aids and Finances in Aix, was forced to try his hand at trade to support his family.   He proved to be a poor businessman and as the years went on the family came close to destitution.   Eugene studied briefly at the College of Nobles in Turin but a move to Venice meant the end to formal schooling.    A sympathetic priest, Don Bartolo Zinelli, living nearby, undertook to educate the young French emigre.    Don Bartolo gave the adolescent Eugene a fundamental education but with a lasting sense of God and a regimen of piety which was to stay with him always, despite the ups and downs of his life.    A further move to Naples, because of financial problems, led to a time of boredom and helplessness.    The family moved again, this time to Palermo where, thanks to the kindness of the Duke and Duchess of Cannizzaro, Eugene had his first taste of noble living and found it very much to his liking.    He took to himself the title of “Count” de Mazenod, did all the courtly things, and dreamed of a bright future.

 

Return to France: the Priesthood

In 1802, at the age of 20, Eugene was able to return to his homeland – and all his dreams and illusions were quickly shattered.    He was just plain “Citizen” de Mazenod, France was a changed world, his parents had separated, his mother was fighting to get back the family possessions.    She was also intent on marrying off Eugene to the richest possible heiress.    He sank into depression, seeing little real future for himself.    But his natural qualities of concern for others, together with the faith fostered in Venice began to assert themselves.    He was deeply affected by the disastrous situation of the French Church, which had been ridiculed, attacked and decimated by the Revolution.    A calling to the priesthood began to manifest itself and Eugene answered that call.    Despite opposition from his mother, he entered the seminary of St. Sulpice in Paris and on December 21, 1811, he was ordained a priest in Amiens.

 

Apostolic endeavours: Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Returning to Aix-en-Provence, he did not take up a normal parish appointment but started to exercise his priesthood in the care of the truly spiritually needy-prisoners, youth, servants, country villagers.   Often in the face of opposition from the local clergy, Eugene pursued his course.   Soon he sought out other equally zealous priests who were prepared to step outside the old, even outmoded, structures.   Eugene and his men preached in Provencal, the language of the common people, not in “educated” French. From village to village they went, instructing at the level of the people, spending amazingly long hours in the confessional.   In between these parish missions the group joined in an intense community life of prayer, study and fellowship. T  hey called themselves “Missionaries of Provence”.   However, so that there would be an assured continuity in the work, Eugene took the bold step of going directly to the Pope and asking that his group be recognised officially as a Religious Congregation of pontifical right.   His faith and his persistence paid off-and on February 17d, 1826, Pope Leo XII approved the new Congregation, the “Oblates of Mary Immaculate”.   Eugene was elected Superior General and continued to inspire and guide his men for 35 years, until his death. Together with their growing apostolic endeavours-preaching, youth work, care of shrines, prison chaplaincy, confessors, direction of seminaries, parishes – Eugene insisted on deep spiritual formation and a close community life.   He was a man who loved Christ with passion and was always ready to take on any apostolate if he saw it answering the needs of the Church.   The “glory of God, the good of the Church and the sanctification of souls” were impelling forces for him.

Bishop o f Marseilles

The Diocese of Marseilles had been suppressed after the 1802 Concordat and when it was re-established, Eugene’s aged uncle, Canon Fortune de Mazenod, was named Bishop.   He appointed Eugene Vicar General immediately and most of the difficult work of re-building the Diocese fell to him.   Within a few years, in 1832, Eugene himself was named auxiliary bishop.   His Episcopal ordination took place in Rome, in defiance of the pretensions of the French Government that it had the right to sanction all such appointments.   This caused a bitter diplomatic battle and Eugene was caught in the middle, with accusations, misunderstandings, threats and recriminations swirling around him.   It was an especially devastating time for him, further complicated by the growing pains of his religious family.   Though battered, Eugene steered ahead resolutely, and finally the impasse was broken.   Five years later, he was appointed to the See of Marseilles as its Bishop, when Bishop Fortune retired.

A heart as big as the world

Whilst he had founded the Oblates of Mary Immaculate primarily to serve the spiritually needy and deprived of the French countryside, Eugene’s zeal for the Kingdom of God and his devotion to the Church moved the Oblates to the advancing edge of the apostolate. His men ventured into Switzerland, England, Ireland.   Because of his zeal, Eugene had been dubbed “a second Paul,” and bishops from the missions came to him asking for Oblates for their expanding mission fields.   Eugene responded willingly despite small initial numbers and sent his men out to Canada, to the United States, to Ceylon (Sri Lanka), to South Africa, to Basutoland (Lesotho).   As missionaries in his mould, they fanned out preaching, baptising, caring.   They frequently opened up previously uncharted lands, established and manned many new dioceses and in a multitude of ways they “left nothing undared that the Kingdom of Christ might be advanced.”   In the years that followed, the Oblate mission thrust continued, so that today the impulse of Eugene de Mazenod is alive in his men in 68 different countries.

Pastor of his Diocese

During all this ferment of missionary activity, Eugene was an outstanding pastor of the Church of Marseilles-ensuring the best seminary training for his priests, establishing new parishes, building the city’s cathedral and the spectacular Shrine of Notre Dame de la Garde above the city, encouraging his priests to lives of holiness, introducing many Religious Congregations to work in the diocese, leading his fellow Bishops in support of the rights of the Pope. He grew into a towering figure in the French Church.   In 1856, Napoleon III appointed him a Senator and at his death he was the senior bishop of France.

Legacy of a Saint

May 21, 1861, saw Eugene de Mazenod returning to his God, at the age of 79, after a life crowded with achievements, many of them born in suffering.   For his religious family and for his diocese, he was a founding and life-giving source:  for God and for the Church, he was a faithful and generous son.   As he lay dying he left his Oblates a final testament, “Among yourselves-charity, charity, charity: in the world-zeal for souls.” The Church in declaring him a saint on December 3, 1995, crowns these two pivots of his living-love and zeal.   His life and his deeds remain for all a window unto God Himself. And that is the greatest gift that Eugene de Mazenod, Oblate of Mary Immaculate, can offer us.